Swedish Lapphund

USD $400-$600 Price Avg.

Companion Dogs



Breed Type



10-13 years


Breed Information

Group Companion Dogs
Popularity/Rank 328
Origin Sweden
Other Names Svensk lapphund
Breed Type Purebred
Price (Avg.) USD $400-$600
How much does it cost to purchase a Swedish Lapphund?
The price of a Swedish Lapphund will vary from breeder to breeder as well as from place to place. As a rough guide, you should expect to pay between $400 to $600 per Swedish Lapphund if you purchase from a reputable breeder. Prices will be higher for show-quality dogs with a distinguished pedigree. Adult dogs who have already been trained may cost even more. It is usually less expensive to adopt a Swedish Lapphund through a shelter.
Size Medium
Weight Male: 40-44 pounds (18–20 kg),
Female: 35-44 pounds (16–18 kg)
Height Male: 18-20 inches (45-51 cm),
Female: 16-18 inches (40-46 cm)
Lifespan 10-13 years
Recognized by FCI
Not recognized by the American Kennel Club. And FCI in the Spitz and primitive types group, in the Nordic Watchdogs and Herders section.
Purpose Herding Reindeer
Date of Origin Ancient Times
Ancestry Spitz-Type

Appearance & Maintenance

Coat Fluffy
Coat Colors Black, Brown, White
Grooming Level
Shedding Level
Eye Color Possibilities Brown
Nose Color Possibilities Black, Brown
Coat Color Possibilities Black, Brown
Coat Length Large
Coat Density Dense
Coat Texture Straight
Recommended Brushes Comb, Dematter, Deshedder, Pin Brush
Brushing Frequency Weekly

Breed Characteristics

Temperament Affectionate, Alert, Caring, Kind, Lively, Productive, Trainable, Versatile, Vigilant
Sensitivity Level
Affection Level
Social Interaction Required
Watchdog Ability
Biting Force Low
Impulse to Wander or Roam
Prey Drive
Tolerates Being Left Alone
Fighting Dog Not really

Good & Friendly with

Apartment Life Friendly
Stranger Friendly
Cat Friendly
Dog Friendly
Office Friendly No
Senior Citizens Friendly
Pet Friendly
Friendly with First Time Owners Yes
Service Dog Not really
Therapy Dog Not really
Detection, Sniffer or Security Dog Not really
Search and Rescue Dog (SAR) Not really
Boat Dog Not really
Cart Pulling or Drafting Dog Not really

Health Elements

Health Issues
Health Problems Allergies, Ear Infections, Eye Infections
Hypoallergenic No
Energy Level
Exercise Required
Sleeping Required
Weight Gain Potential
Weather & Climate Prefers average to cold weather conditions
Stinkiness Medium
Drooling tendency
Activity Level High
Rec. Walk Mileage Per Week 10 miles
Minutes of Activity Per Day 60 minutes

Food & Costing

Avg. Daily Food 1.5 to 2.5 cups of high-quality dry food a day, divided into two meals.
Cups Per Day 2.3 cups
Daily Cost $12.00 - $1.40
Monthly Cost $34.00 - $45.00


Gestation Duration 60-64 days
How often can the Swedish Lapphund have a litter? Once a year.
Litter Size 4-6 puppies (Once a year.)


The Swedish Lapphund is a medium-sized, spitz-type breed of dog that originated in Sweden. It is a hardy and versatile breed that has been used for centuries as a herding and hunting dog. The Swedish Lapphund has a thick double coat that comes in various colors, including black, brown, gray, white, and red. Its eyes are almond-shaped and its ears are triangular and erect. The tail is usually curled over the back or held upright when the dog is alert.

The Swedish Lapphund has an average lifespan of 12 to 14 years and can reach sizes between 17 to 20 inches tall at the shoulder with weights ranging from 35 to 50 pounds. They come in several colors including black, brown, gray, white, red sable or tan with white markings on their chest and feet.

The Swedish Lapphund is an intelligent breed with an even temperament that makes them great family pets. They are loyal companions who love spending time with their owners but can also be independent thinkers when it comes to problem solving tasks. They have strong herding instincts which make them excellent watchdogs as well as good guard dogs if properly trained from an early age.

Swedish Lapphunds are friendly towards other dogs but may be wary of strangers until they get to know them better. They tend to get along well with children if socialized properly from puppyhood but may not be suitable for households with very young children due to their size and strength which could lead to accidental injuries if not supervised carefully by adults at all times. As far as other animals go they should do fine if introduced slowly while still puppies so they learn how to interact appropriately without any aggression or fearfulness towards them later on in life.

The temperament of the Swedish Lapphund is generally calm yet alert making them great companions for active families who enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking or camping trips together since they will happily join in on all the fun! They also make great therapy dogs due to their gentle nature around people who need extra care or attention such as those living in nursing homes or hospitals since they will provide comfort without being overly demanding of attention themselves like some breeds might be prone too doing so instead preferring quiet cuddles over long walks around town every day!

When it comes to health issues the Swedish Lapphund tends not have any major concerns although like all breeds there can always be some minor ones such as hip dysplasia which should always be monitored closely by your veterinarian just in case anything arises during routine checkups throughout its lifetime just like any other pet would require too!

In terms of adaptability level this breed does quite well when it comes adjusting into new environments whether it’s moving into a new home or traveling abroad since they tend not become overly stressed out by changes easily making them ideal candidates for those looking for a loyal companion who won’t mind tagging along wherever life takes you! As far as benefits go having one of these pups around means you’ll never have another dull moment again thanks their outgoing personalities which will keep everyone entertained no matter what kind activity you decide partake in together whether indoors our outdoors!


The Swedish Lapphund is a breed of dog that originated in Sweden. The breed is closely related to the Finnish Lapphund and the Norwegian Lundehund. The Swedish Lapphund was used as a hunting dog and for herding reindeer. The breed almost became extinct in the early 20th century, but was saved by a few dedicated breeders. The Swedish Lapphund is now a popular breed in Sweden and Finland.

The Swedish Lapphund is thought to be descended from the ancient Sami people's dogs. The Sami people are an indigenous people who live in northern Scandinavia. The Sami people have used dogs for hunting and herding reindeer for centuries. In the early 20th century, the Sami people began to lose their traditional way of life and many of their dogs were killed or abandoned. A few Sami people decided to keep their dogs and bred them with other Nordic breeds, such as the Finnish Spitz, German Shorthaired Pointer, and Norwegian Buhund. These cross-bred dogs became known as Swedish Lapphunds.

The Swedish Lapphund was first recognized as a distinct breed in 1937 by the Swedish Kennel Club. The breed was nearly extinct by this time, but was saved by a few dedicated breeders. Today, the Swedish Lapphund is a popular breed in Sweden and Finland.